All permanent migrants to speak English

June 15, 2018

Migrants could a face primary school-level English test as a requirement for becoming permanent Australian residents and citizens, something welcomed by Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi.

The Guardian reports Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the initial goal of primary school-level English was reasonable, saying it was an obvious measure to help migrants achieve in Australia.

Citizenship minister, Alan Tudge, said, “If you have a lot of people not speaking the language then you start to get social fragmentation and we don’t want to see that happen.”

He said the government was considering extending the test to make it a requirement for permanent residency.

“We’re looking at whether or not we can have a reasonable, basic conversational English language requirement at that stage,” Mr Tudge said he was concerned about the increase in non-English speakers in Australia, with that figure approaching one million.

Senator Bernardi has told Ben Fordham on Sky News the best way to get on in Australia is to speak English.

Picture: A citizenship ceremony in Sydney. Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the Guardian

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